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a crucial meeting on friday, between president obama and the leaders of the house and senate and urged lawmakers to urge them to do whatever it takes to cut a deal. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live in washington with the latest, mike. >> heather discussions are underway and i'm told we should not expect any news or announcements before senators are briefed tomorrow afternoon. after a meeting with the president late friday, the senate majority leader sounded cautiously optimistic. >> we have one meeting in the white house that was very constructive and we hope it will bear fruit and that's what we hope to learn. i think that the next 24 hours will be very instructive as to what we're able to accomplish. >> reporter: sources say house speaker john boehner deferred to senate colleagues and told him hous
thing to consider here the two key players in all of this president obama and republican house speaker john boehner. as far as we know the two of them have not really been talking. the lines of communication are theoretically open but both of them seem to be standing their ground. one other factor to consider here is something we just heard from the treasury secretary tim geithner telling us we are rapidly approaching the nation's debt ceiling. we could hit it by the end of the year. there are accounting tricks we can use to prevent us from hitting that by the end of the month. it shows you how complicated this is getting. one other factor that was going to become part of the grand bargain if we ever reach grand bargain. right now they could be looking for a stopgap measure. >> we have heard that before a stopgap measure. thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> you hear those two key words there accounting gimmicks. let's talk about stories you can bank on this morning. lauren simonetti from the fox business network has more on the accounting gimmicks and the statement about the debt c
thursday after the christmas break. before leaving washington, mr. obama and house speaker john boehner both expressed hope that a deal will actually get done. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle that the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans on -- how we get there, god only knows. >> i asked for a compromise from members of congress, i met them more than halfway on spending and met them halfway on taxes. in terms of actual dollar amounts, we're not that far apart. as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> but time is running out. to reach an agreement, there are now just ten days left until automatic tax hikes and spending cuts do take effect. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq finished in some negative territory for the day. investors fear the country could slide back into recession if there's no deal to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> staying in washington, sena
: president obama summoned congressional leaders to the white house today hoping for a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the power brokers have four days before the government starts slashing military and domestic spending. president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that with avoid faxes on people earning less than $25,000. on capitol hill frustration is growing. both republicans and democrats sound look they have given up. outside the capitol democrats hauled out a times square ball prop with the emergency, don't drop the ball. >> the republicans refuse to ask those with the most in our society to give a little bit more. >> reporter: a simple stop gap measure is not what many in washington had hoped for. republicans blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would have cut spending and reduced the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together but it's a total dereliction of duty and a lack of courage to deal with the issues. >> it rests in the hands of the senate. >>> president obama is scheduled to give
in the house and create an internal civil war. he has done that right up until now obama has what he wanted which is a partisan political success. he has been less worried about the fiscal issue for two reasons number one he does not care about debt. he hasn't in the four years, and number two, he thinks he's a political winner if we go over the cliff. he thinks he's holding all of the cards. >>> house gop leaders have decided to have the house of representatives turn on sunday evening just in case there's a deal made in the final hours. >>> now to some stories you can bank on this morning. time is running out for struggling homeowners to get some free help fighting possible wrongful foreclosures. in a deal for the fox business network joins us to explain. >> a little more time but time running out. >> the four million homeowners foreclosed on from 09 to 10 government sent out a letter to them a year ago 4 million. they have until monday to sign up for a free review of the foreclosure make sure there's no mistake see if they are going to be compensated for any errors. 100 bucks maybe 100,00
: top congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1st. the president called the meeting constructive, but reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where in just four days every americans' tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >>reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're going to do the best we can for the congresses we have and for the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >>reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases, but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done, but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reac
the looming deadline. >> reporter: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and senate leaders are expressing optimism that they'll get the job done. but the president has a backup plan just in case. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senat
with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts and spending. republicans say it's up to the democratically controlled senate and white house to reach an agreement. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we
, the bells tolled 26 times, one for each of the victims of the school. inside the white house, president obama and his staff since silent for a minute. beyond the grave, resolution. in a new video, he has promised he will push for a ban on assault rifles. >> i will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts. if there's even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children, we have a responsibility to try. >> shame on the nra. >> there are those who blame the national rifle association for consistently, powerful lobbying against gun control. they have been consistently silent until now, and some expected they would seek compromise. none of it. instead, raw fury, blaming video games, the culture. >> we have blood-of films out there like "american psycho," "natural born killers." that are aired on saturday. fantasizing -- of killing people as a way get your kicks -- the filthiest form of pornography. >> taking no questions but unable to avoid the protests of first one protester but then another. >> the nra has blood on its hands. the nra has blood on its hands.
in style. he was aboard air force one as president obama returned to the white house. what a welcome. he will serve in the senate until the election is held in 2014. and the president is returning to washington as the treasury secretary warns the country is not in a good place when it comes to the national debt. timothy geithner says the government may hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on monday. the president will hear about the fiscal cliff problem as well as members of congress return to washington to address the fiscal cliff. talks will take place behind closed doors. no public negotiations set. you have the debt and the fiscal cliff. it's not looking too good right now when it comes to the u.s. economy. >> geithner told congressional leaders that his department is using some accounting measures basically a fancy way of saying they're going to try to free up some cash to hold off, temporarily, this fiscal cliff. but it's still not looking good. >> i don't know about you at home, but kicking the can down the road, this has been happening over and over again. somebody has to make
. president obama, house speaker john boehner, were very close to getting a deal. president obama had given a little on entitlement reform, house speaker john boehner had given a lit until terms of agreeing to increase taxes. but they just couldn't get to the finish line. ultimately, everything sort of fell apart. i've been speaking to aides at the white house who say president obama doesn't feel as though he needs to give in a whole lot more because he won the election and he ran on a platform of increasing taxes on those making $250,000 or more. chuck schumer addressed this issue earlier today. take a listen. >> on taxes, i know it's hard for the republicans, but the president ran on that platform, $250,000. no tax increases to people below but taxes for people above. he won 60% of the voters said they were for it in the exit polls including some republicans. >> reporter: so again there is senator chuck schumer. so certainly still big topic of conversation despite the fact that everyone is now on recess. alex, yesterday we spoke to some folks who said this is really weighing on them as th
. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face to face meeting since november 16th and a last minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached taxes will go up for nearly every american and harsh spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. senators reconvened on thursday with tension spilling over on to the floor. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. there's nothing happening. >> the phone never rang and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority lyddite harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts and spending. republicans say it's up to the democraticly controlled stat and white house to reach an agreement. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check or anything senate
obama and house speaker john boehner also could mean the reduction of the popular deduction for charitable contributions. >> if it came to the point where i wasn't receiving my credit for helping out a charity or even helping them out in their situation then why would i even help them out? >> statements like that that has the chief eck eastboundtive officer of the united way of the bay area and other nonprofits fighting to retain charitable deductions. >> it would be a big mistake to think this is only a benefit for high income people. there are many donors who itemize their taxes and they take advantage of the charitable tax deduction and they include very middle income people. >> reporter: also on the table is the possible elimination of the mortgage deduction. >> if that were to happen eventually i think that would have to be phased out over a long period of time. >> i think it encourages people to buy houses versus renting. and if they were lower the mortgage rate reduction, people will think twice. >> cpa mark britton thinks it is a good time to it refinance if you stil
: president obama is rounding up the top four leaders in congress to meet at the white house. senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell will be at that meeting scheduled for about seven hours from now. this could be their last chance to find terms they can all agree to. the president and senate got back to work yesterday. the house of representatives just got the call to return sunday night. a vote has been taken by monday or else automatic income tax increase will kick in on tuesday. republican aid say their leaders might now get on board with that. even so there is economic proof that many americans still fear going over the fiscal cliff. i'll have more on that in my next update. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> analysts say if the country goes over the fiscal shift it could send the economy back if into a recession. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to return to work next week. a specksman for clinton says she continues to recooperate at home. doctors say clinton contracted a stomach virus earlier this month and became dehydrated and fainted.
man who was the first member -- we want to make note of that. the reestablishment of the white house initiative by president obama was another accomplishment. president obama's cabinets has dr. steven chu. the very first asian-american -- as ambassador to the republic of china. we have a lot of accomplishments. it was not that accident, my friends. everyone of you know that you work hard. all these things are done on purpose. i want to let you know that we also can boast twice as many asian-americans on federal benches. those of us to understand the impact of the supreme court and what it can do or on june, we know that having asian-americans on the federal bench is a line up for appointments to the supreme court. thank you very much for this opportunity. i want to say that silicon valley is the birthplace of high-tech. silicon valley is the birthplace of norm. five minutes? thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, congressmen. we would have extended the five minutes if we got a karaoke's song. >> this event would have not been possible by the financial contributions of our spon
sunday. this afternoon house on senate leaders met with president obama at the white house. they talked for about an hour. afterwards president obama said he was modestly optimistic. bypassing house speaker john boehner, who has had trouble getting his fellow republicans to agree to anything, the president called on senate majority on minority leads are harry reid on mitch mcconnell to work out a deal on then present it to the house. he also laid out a scaled down mini deal if they are can't manage it. >> if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor, i asked senator reid to do this, put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on miedddle class families don' go up, that unemployment is still available for 2 million people on that lays the groundwork for additional deficit reduction on economic growth steps that we can take in the new year but let's not miss this deadline. >> as for the two senate leaders, they spoke shortly after the meeting on sounded a bit more hopeful than the president. >> i think it was a very positive
have breaking news from the white house where president obama is talking about the fiscal cliff after a meeting with congressional leaders. let's listen in. >> also ask lobbyist americans to pay a little more. above all, protect our middle class and everyone who is striving to get into the middle class. i want to still get this down. the right thing to do for our families, our businesses, and for our entire economy. but, the hour for immediate action is here. it's now. we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do. for the economy, would be -- it would be bad for middle-class families and for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i am optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can
- called fiscal cliff. the president and congress have left town for the holidays. house speaker boehner is in and obama is in hawaii. >> i'm stuck here in washington americans from showing more money to uncle sam next year. the gauche nations between white house and house speaker speaker boehner fell apart. negotiations between the white house and house eager .peaker boehner fell apart the president said that he is to working on a smaller deal avoid the fiscal cliff. >> the president is making changes when it comes to his inauguration. this time there will only be o official balls. there'll be a concert honoring .he lee terry families saturdaye held on before inauguration. out of egypt, how millions e voted on the disputed constitution. also, this cruise ship is isn't beingto italy m.rubbed from top to botto >> staring up controversy in virginia. breaking news out of egypt tonight. the constitution has received a majority of yes from more than 70%. the results were posted on the muslim's brotherhood website. was about 8ut million people. official results will not be announced for severa
, president obama and the house and senate leaders. we'll keep our eye on. ,. >>> a border battleon the mexican government using our court system to fight arizona's sb1070 immigration law. it wants a u.s. circuit court of appeals to block part the of the law that makes it illegal to protect illegal immigrants. mexicans say it's anti-immigration and antimexico. jamie weinstein says it's anti-illegal immigration. you listen to this and -- break it down. so mexico wants the arizona courts to say it's illegal to ban harboring illegal mexicans. do i have that right? >> actually, the -- in arizona court, a lower court put this law on hold. it's before the u.s. court much appeals in san francisco where the mexican government filed an amicus brief saying the law, it's illegal to harbor illegal immigrants but only if you're committing a crime or in the process of committing a crime in addition to that. that's the only people in violation. if you're already committing a crime or having committed a crime and harboring illegal immigrants. the brief says the law, one, harms diplomatic relation w
decades. president obama cut his hawaii trip short arriving in washington early today. for now, the house of representatives is not in session but we've learned those lawmakers are set to return this weekend. today the senate majority leader, harry reid, says we've just about run out of time. >> if we go over the cliff, and that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year, aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours notice. i can't imagine their consciences, out wherever they are around the country and we're here trying to get something done. >> we're awaiting reaction from the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell. when that happens we'll go live to the senate floor but a spokesman for john boehner says senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal in the next five days, automatic tax hikes and major spending cuts are set to kic
. >>> now, to the fiscal cliff. still looming large as president obama returns to the white house this morning. the president cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to get back to washington. congress will be in session today, amidst fading hope that a deal could be reached by the new year. no agreement would mean spending cuts and historic tax hikes for virtually every american. >>> officials in newtown have a message for people who want to send gifts to the grief-stricken town. please don't. they say gifts have arrived in such numbers, they overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them. a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to $3.5 million. >>> meanwhile, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts across utah. they have volunteered for the concealed weapons training. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers attended the training. they're expecting an overflow crowd because of this month's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> west webster volu
. it turns out mr. obama was paying attention. ed henry, fox news chief white house correspondent. president obama nominating senator john kerry to be the ne secretary of state, claiming his entire life has prepared him for this role to lead america's foreign policy. >> over these many years he has -arned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. he will not need a lot of on-the-job traing and has earned the respect and trust of senate colleagues, democrats and republicans. fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grass our foreign policies as firmly as john kerry, and this makes him a perfect choice to get american diplomacy in the years ahead. lou: and high praise for one of the people of this administration from this job was a natural, obviously coming after susan rice, ambassador rice was, well, withdrew her name from consideration. joining us now, former pentagon official, fox is security analyst, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations. what do you think of this appointment? >> i think it will be more of the same, only worse. i
from a fiscal cliff deal? how far? president obama said he and house speaker john boehner talked yesterday, it was their first conversation since monday, when the two sides offered up concessions on tax hikes for the wealthy, the president offered lower tax rates for people earning up $400,000 a year, and for computing entitled benefits. in his weekly address, boehner stood firm, his message for the president, the ball is in your court. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals and failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. when the president has offered so far will not do anything to solve our spending problem and address the crippling debt. and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that is why we finds orz oursel here today. >> the president's christmas break in hawaii may be quick, he is planning to return to washington right after christmas, briana, live in hawaii, i'm wondering, we are talking about the fiscal cliff t
and higher taxes and spending cuts will automatically take effect. president obama has cut short his holiday to revive the talks. >> if we go over this cliff, the house of representative with four days left are not here with the speaker having told him that he will have 458 hours' notice. i cannot imagine their conscience out there wherever they are around the country and we are trying to get something done. >> why is the american economy teetering on the edge of the cliffs? these are some of the things that president obama is trying to prevent with the return to the lighthouse. an employment has fallen to a four year low and currently stands at 7.7%. no deal could mean 2.1 million jobs disappearing parent to it would equate to a contraction of 1.5% in the value of all goods and services america producers meaning less money to afraid with the rest of the world. as far as the republicans concerned, there is that we will not give you a blank check. >> mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, said that he thought there was still time to avert what he called a budgetary fiscal crisi
at any moment now. president obama is back at the white house. his call to congressional leaders seem to have fallen on deaf ears. reid, predicting the country will go over the fiscal cliff and blames it on house speaker john boehner. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> boehner's office's response? we've done our part. it's the senate democrats fall. but will the speaker call his members back before time runs out? >> at the last moment is the way these things normally happen. i think that can happen again. it just depends on putting egos aside a little bit and putting the best interests of the american people first. >> plus, keeping our kids safe, is arming educators the symptom or adding to the problem. >>> and can anyone beat sko brown? >>> good day. we're live in washington this afternoon. the lines of communication
than john kerry and, the obama white house says he's a republican and, republicans will go for him, but on foreign policy issues, especially the last several years, he is way to the left of president obama in terms of iran sanctions. he's -- iran sanctions, the vote which got 92, 97 votes in the senate and he voted against, and, a letter signed by 99 senators, denouncing russia and he refused to sign it and he's anti-israel and talked about the jewish lobby in 2006. and for a republican -- talking about the jewish lobby having too much influence on capitol hill, will that person be appropriate to be secretary of defense? i think senator hagel will not be nominated by president obama, he likes him, they went on this trip together and he likes the idea of having a republican and all of that but republicans -- and also democrats, are quietly turning to the white house, what are you doing to us? you are a liberal democrat, what do you want him for, he voted against democrats on gay rights and abortion and gun control and now they are supposed to walk the plank because the president thi
alert. 74 hours to go before president obama, the senate and the house shove america off the fiscal cliff. let's go to capitol hill fox news chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel live with the latest. >> we are heading into a critical weekend as a final push is made to keep the u.s. economy from going off the fiscal cliff. after a late afternoon meeting with the top four congressional leaders at the white house, president obama offered this assessment. >>> i'm modestly optimistic -- nobody is going to get 100% of what they want. but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> sources say house speaker are john boehner deferred to senate colleagues and told them house leaders would consider, accept or amend their plan. what s not expected to be included in any deal is increasing the debt limit, something democrats have wanted and republicans have resisted. >> we he haded a long meeting in the white house and it was constructive. we hope that it will bear fru
obama paid tribute as well, observing a moment of silence at the while the house. >> president obama announced a choice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. its massachusetts senator john kerry. praising his qualifications saying his life prepared him for the job. kero served as chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and is a decorated vietnam veteran. he became a leading contender after susan rice withdrew her name from consideration last week.÷e >> time is running out.jw>z president says he's ready and willing to get a big package done by would accept a stopgap measure to avoid spending cuts on january 1. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want this, is not a content between parties in terms of who looks good, who doesn't. there are58=Ñ real world consequences to what we do here. >> the comments came after house speak year accused him of being less than truth bfl at approach to the negotiations. >> he wants more spending and tax hikes. he won't deal with entitlement reform and big issues facing our country. >> boehner says he ream ree mains open to nego
days away and there is no deal in sight. president barack obama is in hawaii for christmas, meanwhile house speaker house speaker john boehner is also on vacation. before vacation they each made one last pitch. >> we have a tax hike on middle- class americans... >> it would still be ready as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs. >> if we go over the fiscal cliff, most americans will see higher taxes and most will feel the sting of harsh budget cuts. >>> holiday vandals hit a church in orange county, what has police launching an investigation . >>> coming up, alex savage would be live with more on a police investigation and it turned into a much bigger situation. >>> police say it happened near a catholic church. was swastikas -- swastikas were found in front of a priest's house. a nay safety scene has been nativity scene has been found in the past. >>> snow in the west could make for a white christmas on the east coast. snow has fallen up to a few inches in other parts of new york state and it is creating headaches for holiday travelers. the region could get a few more inches
between the white house, the senate, the congress moves to pennsylvania avenue. president obama meeting behind closed doors with house speaker boehner, senate majority leader harry reid and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell talking about doing something to keep more than trillion dollars in tax increases and cuts from taking effect next week. also joining that party today, america's happy warrior. vice president joe biden will be there. while some appear ready to compromise others are still ducking, dodging, trying to dump the blame elsewhere. >> we all have our ideas and in the senate, you're right. we probably another 40, 50, 60 of saying that we're ready to both raise revenues and control entitlements. when's the missing ingredient? it is presidential leadership. >> i think in the end we'll get a deal. the question is the timing. >> am hopeful there will be a deal that avoids the worst parts of the fiscal cliff, namely taxes going up on middle class people. >> it's pretty apparent that we are not going to do what we've been called to do. this is 112th congress. we have had two y
. >> and running the sydney yacht race for a sixth time. >> within the next hour, president barack obama is set to meet with top republicans to discuss the nation's looming fiscal clit. white house aides have indicated that obama will discuss measures for avoiding the rest of the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite if lawmakers fail to come up with a plan. >> pessimism remains the prevailing mood in washington as the january deadline rapidly approaches. neither democrats nor republicans have any new proposals for a workable compromise. >> the starbucks coffee chain has urged its workers in washington, d.c., area to write "come together" on the cups, a plea for party leaders to work out a compromise, but some customers say that is not enough. >> i mean, i like with starbucks is riding on the cups. i wish they would write, like, something else, like "republicans, stop being stupid." >> i think the solution will probably be neutered and not very effective, but ultimately, i think they will avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but neither side appears willing to give in. democrats, for examp
president obama has called the top four congressional leaders to the white house this afternoon for a closed-door meeting charley. and he wants to try to figure out a way to end this fiscal cliff stalemate but you hear the rhetoric being talked about on capitol hill, among leaders, republicans and democrats are still pointing the blame at each other for not getting this deal done. and for the lack of progress. so still no movement yet and there's only a few days to go to a get anything done. charley. >> you know let's go to what was said yesterday we talk about harry reid referring to john boehner as dictator. and we got mitch mcconel saying we are not going to write a blank check coming up with solutions. it seals like there's no common -- seems like there's no common ground and the word lost in all this is compromise. >> reporter: exactly. and you are correct. the feeling here in washington is that the country will in fact go over the cliff because both sides are so far apart in coming to a deal and if that happens, analysts say the first order of duty for the new congress would be to pass
at the white house, president obama and congressional leaders. shibani: will they hammer out a fiscal quick compromise? rich edson is live on capitol hill with up-to-the-minute developments. >> washington is waiting on that meeting. the top democrat, top republican in the house and senate with some expectation that congress and the president could move together on a smaller plan. the speculation in washington, expectation is perhaps congress and the president could agree to some type of tax framework, something that extends unemployment insurance, perhaps other items to throw in and kick the can to next year and congress can work on larger spending cuts and a larger tax overhaul and that is something the president alluded to on friday asking congress to extend unemployment benefits and get a deal on tax rates. the president wants tax rate increase on amounts of $250,000 a year. the latest republican proposal was $1 million a year. the president and republicans before their talks broke off were $400,000 for family filing for a tax increase of amounts of $400,000 a year so there is some histo
of the largest tax increase since world war ii, president obama called congressional leaders to white house for one last desperate shot at deal. max baucus says he sees a slim down agreement starting to gel, because the pressure on all sides is
for all. will there be a deal? also tonight, an abc news exclusive. barbara walters at the white house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america.
votes in the house to repeal obama care. these are republican votes, john boehner kind of presided, and, obviously, they were going nowhere. but you have republicans over and over again, simply holding symbolic votes to make a point, and then when it comes to real votes, they simply say, no. the tea partiers who were elected in 2010, really have had their way. and the one distinction we see, coming out of that 2010 election and the tea partiers and what they did, is to have a congress that is absolutely at loggerheads and gridlock and is incapable of functioning. >> let me ask you something, professor reich. you know, a lot of us ignore common sense or what's right beneath our noses, so to speak, or like edgar allen poe's purloin letter, hidden in plain sight, what is the deal? why is it that republicans are so bitterly opposed to president obama? is it his race? is it his youth? is it his party? what is it that has aroused such deep and bitter suspicion and resistance to this man? >> well, i think it's some of all of the above. it's also that president obama came into office at a time
to the white house. >> opera had tried to ignore the ominous change in tone coming from the obama transition team as barack obama is it not gration drew near oprah's calls to michelle went and returned. instead oprah heard from max devlin that newly appointed white house ceremonies coordinator who told oprah that she needed to talk to him first about the interview. once more he said overhead to run her interview questions past stevens, a deputy speechwriter from prior approval. it was a pain as far as oprah was concerned and a high-ranking executive at harpo studios ,-com,-com ma oprah isn't a snob but doesn't like to put up with it. >> as a result of her role during the democratic primary, which played a pivotal, pivotal role in helping obama get the nomination and wresting it away from hillary clinton, that she was going to be an important adviser to barack obama and in fact after he was elected president, oprah and obama spoke of some great length about using her to advise him on his communication strategy, especially in terms of television, which he of course knows a lot about. when mich
president obama's previous offers and the morse -- most senior democrat in the house, nancy pelosi. what is the cliff and can be avoided? >> the house of representatives will be going back into session sunday but at this point we do not know what kind of measure they have before them that they can consider for a vote. there has been no indication from the white house or the republican leadership that they are anywhere near any kind of makings of a deal that they could present to the house republican leadership -- or the house republican rank-and-file who so far have been adamantly opposed to tax increases at any level of income, which is an absolute prerequisite for president obama. if they do not come to some kind of agreement, but that tax to be voted on -- and there is doubt that it is logistically possible before new year's day -- then the most immediate impact would be the loss all unemployment relief checks for 2 million americans as well as payroll tax holiday that will come to an end, which means tax increases that over the year could total 2000-$3,000 a year for a family. >> sch
. roping off the fiscal cliff. president obama and congress return, but they will need support from house republicans to pass the deal. is congress any closer to a compromise? >> a small village in the dominican republic has a new school thanks in part to local administrator. i have details, next. >> of baltimore school administrator is making a difference around the globe. >> this is great. she volunteered for a week in dominican republic and helped build a new school their. >> claire donehower is the assistant principal at the kennedy krieger school in baltimore. she took on another role as a volunteer in a mission to the dominican republic. >> i think it was a unique chance to take my love of working with kids and bring it into a completely different area. >> she was one of 40 volunteers chosen to complete the elementary school in a small village. they did everything from building walls with cinderblocks to painting to stuccoing. but her favorite part was interacting with the community. >> it was such a powerful experience and different than i expected. i wanted to save everyone from t
that that there had been some movement. president obama had changed his offer and they're really not that far apart on the actual numbers. speaker boehner could not get it through the house. he had to pull the bill. they seemed further apart. if he can't get it for the millionaire's tax, it will be very, very hard to see how we can get president obama to cut taxes for the $50,000 and below. -- $25078,000 level and below. -- $250,000 level. it does raise questions on his own position as house speaker. so many questions in the days ahead. it duds not -- does not look very optimistic. they did not fill us with holiday cheer. president obama when he spoke friday evening before he left to hawaii looked tired of the whole process. he'll be back mid next week as will congress. so they'll have a few days to get their acts together to come together on a smaller bill. it does not look like we're going to see anything large, the big deal at this point. we're looking at a scalled down measure if anything and it's not even clear that that will pass. >> kicking the can down the roa
at all? >> all the focus has been on president obama and the house of representatives. the leader, speaker boehner. some of us went to public school, but i still learned that there is a senate involved in all of this. [laughter] for the last three years no one has been talking by the united states senate. gerri: it's like they're under some witness protection program. they don't do a budget. they don't write a budget, they don't vote on the budget. the republins took them into putting obama's budget out and then they voted against it. they haven't put together a budget because they cannot reelect the democrat majority of the senate in 2024. if everyone of those senators had actually stake out a position as being in favor of obama and his taxes and spending. gerri: i don't understand why people aren't marching on the hill. i really don't. this is what we hired them for, to iron out these differences, and no one is doing the job. let's take a look at the numbers for folks that are married. if you make $50,000 per year, you'll pay an additional $2000 in taxes. if you pay $100,000, an
price to pay for it. >> keep it here today. at the white house president obama will meet with with democratic and republican leaders of congress. that's at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. it's their first face-to face fiscal discussions since before thanksgiving. hopes are not high for a deal, but either way, you'll hear the news first here on cnn. >>> there's no doubt about it. eva longoria is one of hollywood's leading ladies, a big star with a big heart for charitable giving, focusing on one very close to her heart. >> i'm being pulled in a million different directions with supporting aids in africa or sex trafficking in thailand or dolphins in japan. and you can't do everything. so in thinking what do i really want to do? >> reporter: to answer that question, you could say eva longoria looked in the mirror. >> i knew i wanted it to be with women and in the latina community. >> reporter: known for playing the vixen on "desperate housewives" longoria had humble beginnings born to mexican-american parents. >> i wasn't the first to go to college. >> it wasn't a walk in the park.
. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chamber of commerce. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> under senate rules, the only way a bill could make its way through the procedural hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to. they'll have 24 hours. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everyone is kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers-crossed per expect tichb right now. >> since 1930 this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. and today's summit is the first time president obama has met face to face with congressional leaders since mid-november. duarte, tick tock. >> thank you. >>> general schwarzkopf is being remembered this morning
pass it in the house and september passed it, obama would veto it anyway. they are so far apart. this i am flying back from hawaii and see if i can bring them back together. they are far apart as they have been. >> kelly: why are they having the meeting? because of the talk and rhetoric is ramping up and the agreement is going down. i mean, for example, senate majority leader harry reid is name calling and calling john boehner a dictator . this is what he had to say. >> the american people i don't think the house representative is operating without the house of representative. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker not allowing the vast majority of the house and representatives to get what they want. >> that sounds ridiculous f. it was a dictatorship boehner would have gotten that vote and he couldn' get the vote. what we should do honestly guys, is swan dive ov the fiscal cliff. let president obama own the fiscal cliff. it should be called the obama cliff. >> julia: people know how much they would have to pay. folks on the man on the street interviews . people are look
to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts that go into effect on the first of the year. president obama had been working with house speaker john boehner and trying to get a big deal that dealt with tax reform and deficit reduction. that fell apart and talks have largely been stalled this entire time. there was a lost pressure to get something done. we have seen some of the impacts of the fiscal cliff. consumers saying they have been more cautious with their holiday spending because of the uncertainty in washington. economists warn it could get worse and the markets could be foiled if we go over the fiscal cliff. taxes will go up for the average american by about $2,000 and could put us back into a recession. >> which nobody wants to see. kristen welker in hawaii. the president is coming back, but they haven't gotten the 48 hour notice. they are very much out there in play. thank you very much for joining us. appreciate it. when the senate returns tomorrow morning, there will be a new emphasis on members taking a larger role in the fiscal cliff negotiations that based off the current offer m
. these are your headlines from around the world. >> president obama calls congressional leaders to the white house today in what could be the last chance to come talk before the u.s. falls off the fiscal cliff next week. >>> investors are bracing for the final eurozone bond sale of the year. italy will sell up to 6 billion later today. >> and the yen has been sent lower and stocks to their highest level in 21 months. >>> this is the final "worldwide exchange" from london of the year. louisa is here for it. >> i can't believe it. it's my last working day of the year, as well. >> is it? >> yes. >> unfortunately we'll still be talking about the same thing we're talking about now. >> although i feel we'll be talking more debt ceiling, as well. >> and speaking of which, president obama is trying a last ditch effort to restart budget talks days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. speaker john boehner has called the house back into session sunday evening. house majority leader eric cantor is telling his members to be prepared to work through january 2nd. both sides are still far apart on taxes an
within our veteran population. we have been involved with the hundred days campaign to house veterans in 2012. president obama established a goal to end veteran's homelessness by 2015 which i think is doable and the department of housing and urban development came together to establish the hud slash veterans housing program which, is models after section eight and san francisco has received 500 of the vouchers to date. we have learned that our chronically homeless veterans were having a difficult time finding apartments in the private marked in fact many veterans have had vouchers issued in 1212 and so what we have here is a situation where we have a federal agency, the mayor's office and housing authority and human services agency who have focused to encourage private landlords to provide housing for these veteran and is a few months ago one of those landlords the owner of 2524 mission street came forward to offer to least his 33 stew apartments which are above the restaurant on joule which, is now the -- restaurant to least those apartments to veterans who have those vouchers and
at the white house. president obama and top congressional leaders were trying to come up with ways to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in next week. keith russell with more on the budget talks that ended about 45 minutes away. >> jim, the meeting started at 3:10 and ended at 4:15. the four congressional leaders left without speaking to the media. with $600 billion in tax hikes set to take effect new year's day. senior advisers said the president was set to make a small offer with the full support of reid and pelosi. nbc news has learned that a previous offered made by the president, the one that involved a tax increase for only those earning more than $400 is off the table. advisers say that was part of a bigger proposal that speaker boehner did not accept. it looks like the current proposal goes back to raising taxes on those who make more than $250,000. the proposal known as plan b didn't work. it will remain to be seen if the smaller plan will. either way the countdown to the if you year could be very costly. >> i'm hopeful that a deal will avoid the worst parts of a fis
. and we begin tonight with president obama's new move to reshape his cabinet. at the white house today he announced massachusetts senator john kerry as his pick for the next secretary of state. >> john has played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years. as we turn the page on a decade of war, he understands that we have got to it harness all elements of american power and ensure that they are working together. >> the president then saying senator kerry's entire life has prepared him for this role. the senator has spent decades on the foreign relations committee and he is currently the chairman of that. he is also a former presidential candidate as you know. and a decorated vietnam veteran who was critical of the war effort when he returned to the u.s. senator kerry's nomination came after susan rice came under recently she was thought to be a frontrunner for the job until her comments on the attacks u.s. consulate in libya triggered strong criticism of her. you may have noticed the current secretary's absence from today's announcement. the president saying
and then obama evin leader some believe could repeated some of his mistakes. so the very next night in the white house they did it again. it was the second oaf and this time roberts used notes which he hadn't used the first time and they got a right. so that chapter in my book is called they did it again. [laughter] in 1965 ladybird johnson became the first lady to hold the bible as the oath was administered. there was a president and that has been the case ever since. you can see here from the inauguration four years earlier jack kennedy is off to the left in the picture and the bible was instead held by james browning who was a clerk of the supreme court. a few more pictures to show you. here's ronald reagan swearing in in 1981 jimmy carter out of president to the right of the picture and bill clinton in 1993 years 1985 this is the second inauguration and notice it is a different locale yet the reason is because the weather was so bad in washington, d.c. in 1985 there is a factor if everything got canceled, the parade canceled, they moved the oath taking in doors into the capitol rotunda so th
reagan did or add seats like clinton. president obama almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than he did in the first midterm and then democrats have this helpful anecdote. if they hold on to the control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of adding seats. republicans have to win six senate seats and that's big and what they have to do to get control in 2014. the gaggle will be back right after the break. the good, the bad and ugly of the 2012 campaign ad season. they made us laugh or cringe. which ones made people actually go out and vote? ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. i don't have to leave my desk and get up and go to the post office anymore. [ male announcer ] with stamps.com you can print real u.s. postage for all your letters and packages. i have exactly the amount of postage i need, the instant i need it. can you print only stamps? no... first class. priority mail. certified. internationa
opener" at 8:00. >>> president obama meeting at the white house with the four top congressional leaders. >>> the tedline for the fiscal cliff is now just four days away. >>> the president has not laid out a specific plan to deal with this. congress could have done the same. i think the american people should be disgusted. >>> the commander of operation desert storm died from complications of pneumonia. >> the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. >>> the powerful storm moving cross the country is finally moving out. >> although it's not major system it's going to cause problems for tomorrow. >> less than a few days. the longshoremen and the shipping companies are at an impasse. >> this is in real-time. >> real-time. >> is that a ring tone? what ring tone was that? >> i have "dancing queen" is my general ring tone for most people and then my wife's is "super trooper." >>> i'm rebecca jarvis with jeff glor. charlie, gayle, and norah are off. >>> the fiscal cliff negotiations are down to the wire and this afternoon president obama meets with congressional leaders to try to co
-855-999-1399 or visit exelonpatchoffer2.com. >>> if you're still listening to president obama and house speaker john boehner, you would be forgiven for thinking about the fiscal cliff fight is about taxes. >> unless the president and congress take action. tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer. >> if the argument is that they can't do, they can't increase tax rates on folks making $700,000 or $800,000 a year, that's not a persuasive argument to me and it's certainly not a persuasive argument to the american people. >> here is the rub -- the discussion centers on whether or not to let the top income tax rate jump from 35% to 39.6% on the marginal part. the part above the number of the let's call it $400,000. john boehner says don't give the government more revenue because it already spends altogether too much. now the question is not really wouldabout that 4 billion 6% continues on what the rich would pay in taxes. the real conversation boils down to the role of government. generally speaking, democrats are willing to entertain a bigger role of government in society, republicans want a role
on taxes. speaking in the white house briefing room, president obama condemned congress for failing to resolve its differences in any normal way. >> christin, let's take a listen to what the president said about the up or down vote about what he expects to emerge from the senate. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion here at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. i'm optimistic. if an agreement isn't reached in time, between senate store reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up or down vote. i believe such a proposal could pass with bipartisan majorities. >> this up or down vote seems to be the big news of the day. isn't this what the white house wanted all along? >> well, it is. it's president's obama's way of sayi ining vote on his basic proposal. it would extend in employment insurance ben filt fits and deal with unemployment insurance cuts. >> so the question is, could they actually get that many republicans to vote for this package that t
's why. in 2010 the party lost 63 seats in the house, 6 seats in the senate. president obama called it a shellacking. there is reason to think he will do better this time around. president obama is almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than what he did in his first midterm. democrats have this helpful antidote, if they hold on to control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of democrats add two senate seats, sitting at 55. republicans have to win big, winning six senate seats is big. that's what they would have to do to get control in 2014. the gaggle will be back right after the break. the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2012 campaign ad season. they made us laugh, some made us cringe, but which ones made people go out and vote? you're watching a special edition of "the daily rundown." ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain ♪ ♪ for purple mountains' majesty above the fruited plain ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good >>
president obama and house speaker john boehner for any kind of break through, millions of married couples facing a higher tax burden if we go over the cliff. the bush era tax law eliminated the marriage clause meaning that incomes of couples earning as little as $80,000 would be subject to taxation at the rate of the higher earning spouse. now as far as their wealth preservation strategies, a nationwide survey done by northern trust found high net worth persons, more than 5 million in assets, are much more proactive in anticipating the tax consequences of going over the cliff than those with a million dollars or less in assets. that same survey had 44% of high net worth individuals saying their top priority for the country is economic growth and reducing unemployment versus 19% who are reducing the federal budget deficit. >> all right, hampton. thank you very much. >>> the finance.yahoo.com poll puts you in the shoes of a member of congress. how would you handle the fiscal cliff? go vote finance.yahoo.com. the results are coming up. there you see your options. michelle. >>> tyler, one of
and then remarks from president obama at the white house. also, yesterday, senators carl levin john mccain of for their ideas for bypassing the bill buster to -- it would change the senate rules to assemble a majority vote. they spoke for about half an hour. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] ok, sorry for the delay. we thought we had a vote, but there was no vote. senator mccain and i are part of a group of eight senators who have been working for about a month to come up with a proposal for our leaders and our conferences, which will hopefully overcome the gridlock that has so permeated the u.s. senate. the eight senators who have participated in this effort are myself, senator mccain, senator schumer, senator alexander, senator cardin, senator kyl, senator prior, and senator barasso. it is a bipartisan proposal, and we believe strongly we must reform the senate's procedures if it is going to do business more efficiently and fairly. there are many parts to our proposal, i would say the key number-one part is to
president obama and the vice-president. the white house insists the president is not putting new offers on the table but there are reports of a compromise to raise tax rates for them. both sides say thar are disappointed. >> it is totally a lack of courage to deal with these issues. from washington to wall street there is a sense of gloom but the prospects of deal. here in dc a new furlough warning went out to federal workers, deep spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect for every 1 on new year's eve if congress doesn't take action. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thanks, if the president and congress are not able to avoid the fiscal cliff experts say people here in california will be hit especially hard because prop 30 voted into law in november will mean higher sales taxes and income taxes on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that, hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know there is a word to describe how pissed the public is going to be, nobody going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it is not going to be a hap
to the white house today as a last ditch effort to avoid the cliff. president obama cut short his vacation to return to washington. coming up at 8:15, the odds that they'll be able to come up with a deal before january 1st. >> people in the midwest and northeast are still dealing with the aftermath of a huge winter storm there. snowplows as you can see there snow fell for over 16 hours. >> in arkansas more than 200,000 people still without power because of the storm and it could be that way for the next few days. the death of a dozen people are now being blamed on that storm. >> time now 18:04. not much traffic in the roadways but there are mass transit delays. >> that's right. bart is experiencing 15 to 20 minute delays between the stations. this is due to a disabled train. it's effecting service and as well as downtown san francisco and the east bay so give yourself extra time if you need to use it todayful right now this is a live look at the golden gate bridge. trafficking moving on in and into the opposite direction toward san francisco. this say look at the east shore freeway. traffi
about what house republicans will be doing tomorrow. >>> plus, the bitter battle of president obama's second-term cabinet. you don't even have to be a nominee to be scoured these days. politico briefing is next, jake sherman, don't want to miss that. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> the president cannot -- this white house cannot continue to float trial balloons and then not have them shot down. the president can't get perceived to being rolled by opponents. the problem that chuck hagel has, who has a lot of support in the foreign policy community, is that he's now getting shot at from the left and the right. >> like steve perry's voice never leaves journey, andrea mitche mitchell's presence never leaves. under fire before nominations are even announced. joining me now, politico's jake sherman. you heard fro
of that is coming up and then later on "nightline." >> coming up on a special edition of "nightline" a white house christmas. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama sit down with our own barbara walters [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition, honey. [ singing christmas carols ] mmmm. [ female announcer ] make new traditions with pillsbury grands! cinnamon rolls. [ female announcer ] go from zero to pizza in just 60 seconds with totino's pizza rolls and grab a bite of snack-defying, satisfying... because pizza...never...misses. it's on. let's roll. george hw bush was in a hospital in intensive care. he is fighting in an elevated fever. he was in hospital with complications from a bout of bronchitis. doctors said they expected the former president would only spend a few days in the hospital and be home for christmas, but his condition worsened with a spike in his fever and he is now in guarded condition in the intensive care unit. >>> a powerful winter storm that lashed the midwest and south is moving to the northeast. in boston the high
tonight. a white house christmas. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama sit down with our own barbara walters for their first interview together since the election. we take you inside the first family's holiday tradition coming up on nightline right after abc2 news at 11:00. c1 >> you're watching the station that works for you. abc2 news, baltimore. >> if you don't like someone, go ahead and give them this flower. flour fan attics are going to see the corpse flower. >> it smells like a rotting corpse. >> i think it's appropriate actually. i think it needs something more. >> it sounds lovely. they only bloom a couple of day in their six year life. this one received full bloom christmas. but tomorrow, it will be dead. >> it smells dead already. >>> many people try online dateing to find a special someone. and an 81-year-old man is going for a more direct way. sandy is wearing a sign around his neck that says he wants a wife. he was married many times. he says he changed his ways and wants someone he can spend the rest of his life with. but there are some nonane yore bls. >>
house. president barack obama, speaker of the house john boehner, house minority leader nancy pelosi, harry reid and mitch mcconnell. can they make a deal or can they do their jobs or is this just more political drama? >> we want an agreement. >> the count down is midnight. the start of a new year. >> we are going over the cliff because frankly i believe it's what the president wants. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop, but it's not going to be a good drop. >> but we have no takers. >> every republican, every democrat ought to be here. >> the phone never raining. >> they should negotiate a plan. they shouldn't have the mine are in plan, they should have the biglan. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> the republicans are sitting there with a nuclear weapon. they have the debt ceiling coming up. they can use that as part of this negotiation. >> what is going on here? >> the president called me and probably called others last night. my impression is he would like to see if we can move forward. >> you can't legislate wit
and cut spending continued to separate democrats and republicans. president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table and avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> the remarks came after speaker boehner failed to gather enough of his party's support to bring his so-called plan b to the floor for a vote. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than a million dollars a year. house and senate members will be back at the capital on december 27th looking for that solution. >>> wall street worried about the "fiscal cliff" talks, stocks closed sharply lower today. the dow dropped more than 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29 points. the s&p dropped, as well. >>> california cannot stop people from using the so-called conversion therapy to try to turn gay minors straight. the federal appeals court issued an emergency order late this afternoon putting the law banning the therapy on hold. the law was the first of its kind set to take effect january 1. li
with no deal in sight. president obama will meet with congressional leaders later today at the white house. but it may be too late for a deal. there's just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be very honest, mr. president. i don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader, harry reid, lashed out at house speaker, john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship. >> john boehner seems to care more about his leadership than keeping the country on a secure footing. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner called the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. but members of congress understand the 11th-hour actions may not be enough to appease the public. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff would bring massiv
in the fiscal cliff talks. president obama is holding a summit at the white house today with congressional leaders and members of the house have to be back to work by 6:30 sunday night leaving them with just over 4 hours to come to a conclusion. steep cuts and tax hikes impacting from everything from your paycheck to the defense budget could take effect. >>> norman schwarzkopf has died. the retired general died from complications of pneumonia. he was best nope for leading international forces in iraq in 19916789 he was 78. >>> former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a texas hospital this morning. his chief of staff says bush is getting excellent medical care but expects nobody the hospital for a while. he is battling bronchitis and other complications from it. the 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital more than a month ago. >>> three people were killed when a tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic was rear ended by a pickup. all of the victims were in the pickup. this happened about 7:00 last night and traffic was still moving slowly in the area late last ni
, president obama's sum -- president obama summoned the house and summit leaders from both parties for a meeting on friday. if they can't reach a deal, taxes go up on all of us. plus, don't forget the impact on your 401k. audrey barns joins us with the latest. >> reporter: everyone involved in a meeting between republican and democratic leaders described it as productive, yet it didn't produce an agreement and there are two days left to get it done to avoid automatic tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts. lawmakers involved in the white house summit vowed to keep chipping away at the sticking points to reach a deal. while senate minority leader mitch mcconnell struck an optimistic tone, senate majority leader harry reid sounded cautious, warning americans whatever they come up with by sunday won't be perfect. after the meeting, president obama made it clear failure is not an option. >> if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders and the senate, i expect a beam to -- bill to go on the floor, and i have asked senator reid to do this, put a bill on the floor that taxes
come to a deal before december 31st. president obama met with house and senate leaders yesterday. lawmakers are hoping for a deal to help avoid tax increases for everyone as well as massive spending cuts in defense and other areas. if a deal can be reached, the senate would vote on it first and then it would head to the house. the latest the house would vote on a possible deal is january 2nd. the final full day before a new congress takes office. the house is set to return to work tomorrow night, however. speaker john boehner told fellow representatives there would be a session at 6:30 tomorrow night. he said he hopes to have a senate bill in his hand by then that they can vote on. and be sure to tune in tomorrow morning for "meet the press." david gregory will sit down with an exclusive interview with president obama. you can see "meet the press" here on nbc 4. the show starts at 10:30. >>> new this morning, many same-sex couples in the state of maine can now say they're married. that state began allowing same-sex marriages at 12:01 this morning. many places throughout the state
obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people a
house to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama and congress it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january first. andrew spencer has the latest. >> some republican lawmakers say old, once the country to fall off the physical cliff. >> we have gone over the cliff now, later, the fiscal cliff-you cannot negotiate with some of that does not want to negotiate. >> john boehner failed to get enough votes were planned beat that would raise taxes for people earning more than $1 million. the speaker, and the president left town without making a deal. >> i have passed leaders of congress to work together to create a deal to protect and employment for 2 million americans, protect middle america the middle income americans and also work on deficit reduction. >> the president solution would still leave red ink as far as the eye could see. and difficult for jobs. >> this is it difficult for the brink of perpetual gridlock. >> this is likely that we will go over the fiscal cliff and not and if we allow that to happen. wou
at 1978. >> finally a glimmer of home in washington. president obama and congressional leaders will discuss the looming fiscal cliff tomorrow at the white house. elizabeth corridan has more. as the countdown to the deadline creeps closer. >> this washington it was an ominous, stone. with five days and counting until the u.s. economy will go over the fiscal cliff. >> this year, the american people are not waiting for the ball to drop. it is not going to be good. >> reporter: with no deal spending will be slashed and taxes will go of it could spark another recession. with this deadline approaching president obama and the senate will return and speak on sunday. >> certainly there is still time. >> reporter: point is still texas the want to extend the bush assured taxes except for the time making to water vicki thousand dollars per year ordered the sticking- point is still boyish-direct taxe bush-era of texas taxes >> and. nobody wants. to really work they just want to play the name game. >> putting over the edge that the scenario is allowing tax increases to take effect and on jan
then state senator barack obama speak at his nomination, and it was a road to the white house. and yesterday at the white house president obama nominated kerry to be secretary of state in his second term. >> in a sense, john's entire life has prepared him for this role. as a son of a foreign service officer, he has a deep respect for the men and women of the the state department, the role they play in advancing our interests and values, the risks that they undertake and the sacrifice that is they make along with their families. >> issues with iran, syria and north korea are the most pressing senator kerry will face if he's confirmed. yesterday, a long time colleague of his, senator john mccain congratulated him on his nomination and will consider that nomination, but he did not promise to support it. >> my view on whether secretary kerry should be-- or senator kerry should be secretary will not be based on differents of views. we had difference of views going back to 1991 when he said desert storm would fail. but what it will be based on is my view of his ability to carry out his responsibil
by house minority leader's nancy pelosi i. then president obama friday afternoon from the white house. issue is not whether health care will be stigmatized or condemned. we know the answer to that. the issue is how many different times can the government to punish him as a result of that moral condemnation. the answer in the double jeopardy clause is one. >> starting monday and a threat christmas week, c-span.org radio is featuring supreme court arguments by current justices before they were on the bench. you can listen to c-span.org radio in the washington baltimore area at 90.1 fm. or online at c-span.org. >> if you worked for him, you would get a material, sometimes generous, sometimes over barry -- overbearing, almost cruel boss. he did not know how to apologize. men of his age and class, they are not going to apologize to their secretaries or typist. he had a way of turning the tables in his version of an apology, which would be to say, i am actually a very kind man, and you are doing a good job today, but the issue was never settled. he always had to get the last word in. one ni
over the benghazi terrorist attack. president obama made the announcement this afternoon at the white house. >> i am very proud to announce my choice for america's next secretary of state, john kerry. in a sense, john's entire life has prepared him for this role. having served with valor in vietnam, he understands that we have a responsibility to use american power wisely, especially our military power. and he knows, from personal experience, that when we send our troops into harm's way, we must give them the sound strategy, a clear mission, and the resources that they need to get the job done. in an extraordinarily distinguished senate career and as chairman of the foreign relations committee, john has played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years. as we turn the page on a decade of war, he understands that we've got to harness all elements of american power and ensure that they're working together-- diplomatic and development, economic and political, military and intelligence-- as well as the power of our values which inspire so many people around th
time ago president obama appeared in the white house briefing room with a statement. here is some of what he said. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reids and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion so that we met the december 31st deadline. but given how things have been working in this town, we always have to wait and see until it actually happens. the one thing that the american people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action so if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i've asked senator reid to do this, put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle-class families don't go up. that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people, and that lays the groundwork then for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the new year. >> all of this still developing. and we will have more on all of it with mark shields and david
of the united states and the senate were in washington. president obama arrived back at the white house this morning. the president will host a meeting tomorrow afternoon with senate majority leader reid, senate minority leader mcconnell, speaker boehner, and leader pelosi at the white house. senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor this morning to, shall we say, let boehner have it. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak, with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have -- they'll give them 48 hours' notice. the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> lo and behold, the markets started to tank, in part on fears of reid's warning that it looked like we were going over the cliff. within an
in the house of representatives that wanted obama beaten, and they cannot believe that some of them got beaten. obama really has tried, and he's shaking up his base a little bit by reaching out to these people. but the truth of the matter is that i don't see how speaker boehner could stay in ohio with the senate in washington, the president in washington, and he's given us 48 hours' notice. now we have it. i just hope that he has the courage to say he's going to lose some of his people and do what's good for the country and not for his politics. >> well, you mentioned him shaking up the base, that is, president obama a bit. he seems to be more willing to be self-critical and to shake up his own affiliations and alliances than do the republicans. but do you fear that he may go too far? are democrats fearful that the president will compromise too much, or do you think he should really take advantage of the bully pulpit that was given him with re-election? >> well, we really felt a little embarrassed that the president went there with the cpi. that's the cost of living and adjusting. because with
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